Janice Williams Loves Austin And sometimes I write about it.

August 13, 2011

Rain for the Reunion

Filed under: Music — Janice @ 10:42 pm

My best friend Beth called from Ohio this morning. I told her that I was in Comanche for the reunion “and it’s raining!” She said, “Oh, I’m sorry.” I had to explain that, NO, this was wonderful. No one in Texas is going to be unhappy that it is raining.

It rained through the morning and things were cool and pleasant tonight at the reunion grounds. The group was probably smaller than usual and that could be expected with the heat this summer, but we all had a wonderful time enjoying hotdogs cooked over the grill and reuniting.

I followed through on most of my plans for the day. Rain changed things only slightly. I made it to the library for a good visit with my distant cousin Margaret, one of the founders of the library 50 years ago and their librarian that entire time, too. She showed me her current research projects and gave me some guidance on my queries.

Today I went to the Gardens of Memory cemetery and found the grave of our cousin “Bud” who died about 5 years ago. She was one of my absolute favorites from the reunion for all the years she was here. Beautiful, quick witted, acerbic… she also made the best pecan pies. I hadn’t been back to her grave since her funeral so I was glad I could find it and put some flowers out (though they may take them away soon because she didn’t have a vase and this is one of the more fussy perpetual care cemeteries). I also found the grave of my cousin Joe Lee. I had never been there to visit it.

I went to the Oakwood Cemetery in town, too. It is huge and I’ve only driven by it and never explored it much. I did find some graves of some of the oldest members of family. There are still a few people I would like to go back at some point and find their graves.

I went to the Comanche Museum next. It is a big museum. This time I went armed with my new little scanner and was able to scan some cool things, well, like this picture:


If you don’t know what these people are doing, they are “dirt sitting.” Yes, I need to write more in depth about the dirt sitting at my cousin John Reese’s ranch. He made a lot of money from it and I’m happy to have a great picture like this.

I found many many cousins at the museum, but was most pleased to find my little cousin Susie, who loved the schoolroom setting they have since she is about to enter kindergarten herself.


She is 5 years old and this is her sixth reunion. That’s the kind of dedication and devotion I like!

From the museum on to Newburg, Texas, which is actually the community that my family comes from. I visited the cemetery and was able to decorate the graves and visit everyone… my favorite great aunt Det (Susie’s great-great-grandmother), my great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, and great-great-great-grandparents. And I wasn’t limited to the Cunningham family here, either. Plenty of other relations, too.

Finally, to the reunion grounds and lots of visiting and catching up with lots and lots of people I love and a few old coots. That is a joke. Maybe.

I need to go to bed, but my mind is still racing. I will be up very very early to be out to the reunion grounds as the sun comes up. There’s not very many things in this world that will get me out of bed that early on a day off, but the breakfast at the Cunningham Reunion is the best meal I have all year.


  1. For reference: Margaret is yer third cousin twice removed.

    Comment by Sam — August 14, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

  2. I like Sam’s comment. Wonder whar he fits in the family?

    Comment by Pat — August 14, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

  3. Well, if Sam is right — and there is no doubt he is! — then Sam would be fourth cousin once removed. How many people can say they know their fourth cousin once removed?

    Comment by Janice — August 14, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

  4. Pat–I’m so far out that I’m not even a Cunningham! I’m a Tate, and the common ancestor–Susie Cunningham’s father–is one generation earlier.

    Comment by Sam — August 18, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

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